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Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services

The DAT contains the recording of a lecture given by Mary Firth and Francois Paulette. Francois Paulette, a hunter and trapper from Fort Smith and Chief of the Fort Smith Dene Band, spoke on "Dene Culture and Spirituality." Mary Firth spoke on her life experiences and those of her parents.

Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services. Museums and Heritage division

Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services

The sound recordings consisted of lectures delivered as part of the "Science History and All That" lecture series. :0001 - In December 1979, George Calef, part of the Government of the Northwest Territories Game Branch lectured on the topic of caribou. :0002 - In February 1980, Dr. Walter O. Kupsh spoke on the topic of "Discovery and Mining of Uranium." Dr. Kupsh, a member of the Carruthers Commission from 1965-1966, also served as a member of the Science Advisory Board. :0003 - In September 1980, Constable M.J. (Joe) Olsen lectured on the topic of the "St. Roch." Joe Olsen was a crewmember of the "St. Roch" in the 1920s. :0004 - Photographer and historian Richard Finnie lectured on "The Truth about the Canol Project". Richard Finnie was employed as the northern advisor and historian to the United States Army Engineers constructing the Canol Project from 1940-1942. :0005 - In January 1981, Doug Heard of the NWT Wildlife Services spoke on "Caribou: Sex and Death Where the Nights are Long". :0006 - In February of 1981, Dr. Otto Schaefer lectured on "Native Food Resources and Traditional Dietary Habits: Their Value from a Nutritional and Medical Viewpoint and the Effect on the Health Picture of Native Populations Observed Consequent to Rapid Change of their Traditional Dietary Habits." Dr. Schaefer was a physician in Aklavik, Pangnirtung and the Yukon prior to founding the Northern Medical Research Unit in Edmonton. :0007 - In April 1981, Anne Gunn lectured on "Men and Musk ox". Anne Gunn, a member of the Canada Wildlife Service from 1973 to 1978, joined the NWT Wildlife Service in 1978.

Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services. Museums and Heritage division

Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services

The recordings, often referred to as the Dene Music Project, were made at four different Dene communities and each performance consisted of numerous songs. For identification purposes, each performance or recording session has been given a unique item number regardless of the number of physical tapes or songs it may incorporate. Included among the recordings are the master reels (:0009) compiled from a selection from original recordings. These reels were to be used in the production of the published record. Reference cassettes for most of the recordings are available. The textual records consists of documentation on each of the recording sessions. The black and white photographic negatives and corresponding contact sheets were taken during the recording sessions. Final appraisal and selection of the photographic negatives (items :0010-:0088) was completed in March 2013. Items :0004, :0006 and :0008 - original masters are cassettes. All other items have reel to reels as original masters.

Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services. Museums and Heritage division